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Re: March BNL
I think you're being unnecessarily gloomy. I don't see the demise of the
I had an e-mail from an Argentinian looking to start with killies last
week, and in our back and forth 'conversation', he praised the AKA site
and asked what I thought were the benefits of joining. So I had to think
about it recently.
Now, for me to buy F&E fish, I have to drive to the US. I do it, but I
can't use the BNL with the ease a US member can. I've stayed a member
It was the fact I'm an AKA member that made me take the time to try to
help him out with a few e-mails. I did that because after I joined a few
years ago, that's what people did for me. There's a culture to the AKA I
haven't seen in any other fish club. even for me, as a foreign member
who has attended only one convention, that spirit is what I gain the
most benefit from.
I buy fish from Europeans I've gotten to know, Americans in the AKA who
don't always list in the BNL and Canadian Killifish Association people.
I don't buy many. But I like to read the BNL, and have only glanced at
the online version once.
The BNL, and availability of fish, is a real attraction, but. The form
of the BNL may mutate, but the raison d'etre of the club is elsewhere.
If people think a little deeply, they may realize that the fish are
available because we have this resource to enable us to get them (by
helping us to keep them around), and not just to provide contacts for
buying them. Several times, I've come close to losing a species, only to
have a killie-friend 'send help.'
As far as the younger crowd being involved, when the kids grow up, I
think you'll find new faces stepping up.
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